Beautiful Week!! :)

Name Tag Fall Pic

Name Tag Fall Pic

Red Leaf Selfie

Red Leaf Selfie

On our way intto Montreal for our Zone Conference.

On our way into Montreal for our Zone Conference.


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le bapteme de Daniel

Hello Everyone!!

Well, this last week has been wonderful. Saturday of course would have to be the highlight of the week. Daniel’s baptism went so great. It had such a special feeling. I think even more rewarding was seeing how happy he looked the next day at church after being confirmed and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Daniel even brought his little girl, Amanda, to church with him for the first time. We have been praying that his parents would attend his baptism because they were not too sure about it. Yes, they came on Saturday:) I was able to meet his parents and his dad seemed very interested in the missionaries. He was asking me a lot of questions and his accent was really hard to understand. So hopefully I answered his questions right…ha! When I told him my age he just started laughing. This is a reaction I get with a lot of people. Whatever, I am okay with it. Daniel also asked me to give a talk at his baptism which was scary for me. It is really difficult to give a talk in front of a lot of people in french. I did it and hopefully they could understand what I was saying…haha! Good thing I have a trainer who helped me in preparing it.

Another exciting thing this last week was when an Area Seventy came to Montreal for a mission tour. On Wednesday we had a big multi-zone conference. Elder Carlson gave the most amazing training. I learned so much at that meeting. He shared some new insights with us on missionary work. The meeting had the most amazing spirit. I also enjoyed listening to my Mission President and his wife. They are such amazing examples to me and truly love their missionaries. Elder Carlson talked a lot about how to teach properly. He talked about how teaching isn’t talking and teaching it is listening and observing. As missionaries we need to be listening constantly to our investigators and to the Holy Ghost to know what to say and teach. I am not the teacher, but a tool for the Holy Ghost to speak through to reach the hearts of others. He also talked a lot about finding our investigators and how we should be talking to EVERYONE!

Soeur Hinkson and I have been trying to rise to Elder Carlson’s challenge. This last weekend we stopped and talked to everyone and anyone we ran into. It can get pretty discouraging at times when people you talk to are completely not interested. Honestly though, it is so rewarding when you find someone who instantly is happy to talk to you. I love to get to know people even if they don’t really seem interested in our message.

I have met so many amazing people with such amazing stories. Montreal is covered with people from everywhere around the world: China, Haiti, Africa, England, and South America. Presently, Soeur Hinkson and I are really working hard to find new Amis (investigators) who are ready to be taught. We have been doing a lot of street contacting this past week because the weather has been so beautiful!! It was the perfect temperature and the leaves are all changing color. The leaves in the maples trees are turning the deepest red:) Yes, fall is my favorite season!!

We were able to attend the Women’s Conference at our church building on Saturday night. That conference was amazing. I loved it. It got me super excited for this coming weekend!! General Conference is pretty much like the Super Bowl for missionaries. Wow, I am such a nerdy missionary. We will be watching it at our chapel too. They will be televising it in French, English and Spanish.

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful week. I just challenge you to look for ways to be a disciple of Christ each day. Don’t be afraid to be a witness of Christ at all times, in all things, and in all places. You should not be scared to testify of your love and knowledge of your Savior. He is always there for you and will help you. I love you all!

Love, Soeur Hunt

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One Great Week!

The Montreal temple under construction.

The Montreal temple under construction.


Bonjour family and friends!!!:)

Wow, so many things have happened this last week. I hope I have the time to to share it all. The week started out with one of the most amazing lessons with Geraldine and her daughter, Redia. We have been teaching them about the commandments and so far they have been willing to keep all of them. Another amazing thing was the ward invited Redia to attend early morning seminary at 6:00 a.m. Guess what, she said she would love to! She has attended every morning since last Monday. I really am seeing that Redia loves being a part of the youth in the ward. She told me she loves seminary. It is amazing to see the ward members really helping with our missionary efforts. Redia also told me that she wants to be a missionary someday. She said that she will have to keep going to seminary, church and be baptized for that. I was just like what??!, “that’s awesome you want to be a missionary!!” I told her if she keeps doing those things I have no doubt she will be able to serve a mission. Redia is 16 years old. Geraldine hasn’t been able to set a baptismal date yet because she has to talk some more with her husband who still lives in Africa. It is amazing to see how much they love coming to church each week and how involved they are becoming in the ward.

Also, this last week Daniel had his baptismal interview and passed!! Me and Soeur Hinkson are just thrilled for him. He is more than ready for baptism. I have seen such a change in Daniel the last few weeks and I can’t wait for his baptism this Saturday. He is so excited and he cannot barely wait any longer:)

I think the most amazing experience I had this last week was with a young man we contacted on the street a few weeks ago. His name is Pablo. We have been trying for weeks to get a hold of him and set a meeting. He finally was free this last Saturday. We went into his home and were welcomed in by his parents and girlfriend. They were so welcoming and friendly I felt like I was walking into a member’s home. Pablo’s parents did not want to listen to our lesson, but we got to teach Pablo and his girlfriend, Nicole. It was the most amazing lesson I have ever been a part of. I have never felt the spirit so strong during a lesson. For every question we asked they gave the perfect response. When I testified of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon the spirit confirmed to me once again that what I was saying was true and they needed to hear it. Afterwards, we invited them to baptism. They said, “yes, they would if they found these things to be true.” Nicole told us she felt goosebumps and said God must be trying to tell her something. I already just love the two of them. I pray that we can have more lessons with them and continue teaching them.

Well, here is some funny stuff from the week. We were contacting and going door to door. We knocked on this man’s door and he answers his door in just a towel and he is all wet. He tells us he is taking a shower…I am just like, “okay then why did you just answer the door?” Me and Soeur Hinkson don’t even know what to do…haha! We just keep talking to him and he tells us his name is Tommy. He then tells us that he has already talked to the missionaries before and he is not interested. I was just grateful the conversation ended fast because it was pretty awkward. after he closed the door me and Soeur Hinkson just bust out laughing and we now call him Tommy the Towel Man. We ran into him on the street the other day. I couldn’t help giggling again when we started talking to him… haha!

Another weird thing is that ever since I have been here a lot of people get a good chuckle out of my name. For some reason everyone’s first thought when I introduce myself as Soeur Hunt is, “oh like the tomato sauce??” I have never not liked my last name until now…haha! One lady in the ward calls me spaghetti girl every time she sees me. I don’t know why she thinks it is so funny. I just go with it and laugh 🙂

This last week I have really seen the Lord’s hands in all we do. I know our Savior knows and loves each one of us. I know He is there for us with open arms. Especially those who are still waiting to learn more about Him and feel His love and mercy. He truly is the one directing the work all around the world for all missionaries.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. I love hearing from you. Thank you for your love and support through letters and emails. Even if letters take a long time to get to me they are the best thing and I treasure them. You are in my prayers and thoughts, always.

Love, Soeur Hunt

Fall is Coming Quickly

Our amazing district!!:) I had to say goodbye to a lot of them because it was their last transfer.

Our amazing district!!:) I had to say goodbye to a lot of them because it was their last transfer.


Went out with a family in our ward to celebrate Soeur Hinkson's birthday. Cosmos Pizzeria...best pizza I have ever had:)

Went out with a family in our ward to celebrate Soeur Hinkson’s birthday. Cosmos Pizzeria…best pizza I have ever had:)

Bonjour family and friends!!:)

I finished my first transfer out in the field!! Only 6 more weeks left of training. This might be a shocker, but I stayed in the same area…haha!! I guess the area I am serving in right now is known for the missionaries staying there for a really long time. My companion has been here for 5 transfers now. So who knows I might be here for a while which is totally okay with me because I love it here!! Also, we are getting Elders put back into our area. Our area isnt as big now. The Elders will be taking on half of the ward. This sadly means handing off some of our amazing investigators like Geraldine. Who, by the way said she will look for a date that she wants to be baptized on…way better than a no! The change saddens me, but I know it is for the best. We will now have more time to focus on individual investigators rather than trying to cover a huge area all by ourselves.

It has been a little bit of a shock to me to see how fast the cold is coming. It has really cooled off this last week and it is only the beginning! I am a little scared for the winter. I am already wearing my coat and tights. One day this week me and Soeur Hinkson were out trying to get in contact with old potentials. It just started down pouring on us. When I say down pour I mean it really just comes out of nowhere and in huge rain drops. I got drenched. I got in the car wet and cold and was just counting my blessings that we had a warm car to get into.

Here is a funny tidbit about Montreal. They put maple syrup in and on everything. I have even had lemonade sweetened with maple syrup. Often when I eat at a member’s house I think, “wow this tastes really good.” I ask them how they cook it and without a doubt everytime they say,”maple syrup.” It is also the best maple syrup I have ever tasted in my life. Wow, I sound like such a Canadian!

I have really seen so many amazing miracles this last week. The week started off really busy with a lot of lessons and then slowly burned off. I was getting a little discouraged towards the end of the week. There were not many lessons and the cold was getting to me. Then on Sunday it all paid off. I got to church that day and saw our investigator Daniel standing there with the biggest smile. He came up to me and could not hide his joy. He told me he was so excited to tell me that he started reading from the beginning of the Book of Mormon and he loves it!! He said he read it for 1 hour straight that morning. It is amazing to see the difference the gospel has made in his life. When we first started teaching him he always looked sad and worried. My goal was to get him to start smiling. This last Sunday I have never seen him smile more. We are almost done teaching him. He is still planning for his baptism on Sept. 27th:) We pretty much see him everyday. Daily contact really is important in helping your investigators.

Also, this week our investigator Carol made it to church. We went to her house that morning just to make sure she would make it. We got there and she wasn’t planning on going, but we pretty much just told her we already had a ride for her and we wanted her to be there. We brought her a few food items we had just sitting in our cupboards too. We know she doesn’t have much. She just started crying when she saw the food. She said she didn’t have money for food this week. We had a little lesson with her and then got her out the door for church. She really was very touched at church and even received a priesthood blessing. She told us she really felt the spirit. It was so great to see how happy she was at church. She has a lot of hard trials to face in life with money, family, and the absence of the spirit in her life. We are just taking one step at a time with her.

I can really see the work moving foward in this area. The ward members are really getting involved and helping us. We have a goal of getting one member present for a lesson each day. Just setting the goal has made a huge difference as we see our efforts paying off. The ward has helped our investigators feel welcomed and loved.

Each day I am learning something new. I am learning how important this work really is and how each us has a responsibility to share the gospel. We are all children of God and we all need the Savior in our life. We need to see everyone around us as our brothers and sisters and be willing to love and serve everybody no matter what the circumstances may be. I love this gospel and I love my Savior. I know He lives and is just waiting with open arms for all His children to come unto Him.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love you!!!

Love, Soeur Hunt

Where did the week go??

The Jardin Botanique

The Jardin Botanique


Having fun with the Sisters

Having fun with the Sisters


Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium


I found raspberry bushes!!! Lets just say I was really excited.

I Found raspberry bushes!!! Lets just say I was really excited.

Helping with the 5K in the rain.

Helping with the 5K in the rain.

Bonjour everyone!

Wow this week went by so fast. Sometimes I don’t know where all the time goes. It has been a great week just still working hard right a long side Soeur Hinkson. We really are seeing so many blessings each day as we work diligently.

We did take a bit of a break this last Tuesday because our P-day got changed from Monday to Tuesday. It was because everything up here was closed on Monday for Labour Day. On Tuesday we went to downtown Montreal and hit some of the tourist sites. We visted the Jardin Botanique, the Biodome, and the Olympic Stadium which were all located in downtown Montreal. It was a lot of fun having a break with my companion and other sisters in my district. I love downtown Montreal it’s so pretty and there is people walking around everywhere you go.

We also had an amazing Zone Conference on Wednesday. Our zone is huge. It has about 30 missionaries in it. It was a lot of fun to get together with all of the other elders and sisters and to see familiar faces that I came in with from the MTC. I learned so much that day from other missionaries. The meeting had the most awesome spirit. So many missionaries are leaving at the end of this next week, but we are also receiving a lot of new missionaries. We will be gaining about 30 new missionaries. I sure am going to miss some of the sisters who are leaving. I really have become so close to some of the sisters in my zone through hanging out on P-days, teaching english classes, and exchanges. I can’t believe it is already the end of my first transfer. It went by so quickly!!

This last Saturday we were able to help at a stake activity. Our stake had this huge 10k and 5k run planned. We were able to help by being trail markers and directing the runners. That day it rained sooo much!! I felt so bad for all the people who put the activity together. There was not a very good turn out due to the rain. It was still a lot of fun even if I had to stand out in the rain for 3 hours and not really do anything…haha! Me and Soeur Hinkson tried to find ways to entertain ourselves. Eventually we just got really wet, cold, and hungry. So we were kind of excited when it ended and we got to go to a D.A. with a member in our ward.

We have had some wonderful lessons this last week with some of our progressing investigators. They are Geraldine, Carol, and Daniel. We set a baptismal date for Carol in October so keep your fingers crossed all goes well with that. She has a lot of changes to make in her life, but I am confident in her and the Lord. We are just having so much fun teaching Daniel and getting him prepared for baptism. He is eager and just eats up all the lessons we teach him. He has a goal of going to to the temple in another year. This is so timely because in exactly a year from now is when the Montreal temple reopens. We are not sure if there will be an open house yet, but we are being hopeful. That would be a great opportunity for missionary work!!

This last week has just been amazing. I truly am seeing the Lord’s miracles and blessings each day. I feel so grateful to be given this opportunity to serve the Lord and preach the gospel. It is an amazing experience to be able to share your testimony of the gospel each day. I am so thankful for the strength the Lord gives me and the spirit he blesses me with. I love my Savior and Heavenly Father. I know that they love each person I see and come in contact with. We are all children of God. I love you all. Have a wonderful week.

Love, Soeur Hunt

Fete de Traville aka Labor Day!!

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Bonjour everyone!!

Well this week has just been crazy. I feel like I was just writing you guys yesterday telling you about the week before. It went by incredibly fast. I have had a lot of fun and amazing experiences this last week.

I guess I can start off with the funny. This last Saturday me and Soeur Hinkson were checking up on some potentials in our area when we ran into a lady walking on the street. She was walking her dogs. I began to tell her how I love dogs and miss my dog a lot. She told me her dogs are mean and then one started growling at me. I just ignored it while I was thinking, well she is friendly maybe we will be able to share a little message with her. Then out of nowhere the dog attacked me and bit my foot. It hurt so much!! I didnt even know what to do. She kept apologizing, but I just wanted to leave and go check my bitten foot out. We akwardly walked away and wished her a good night. I have a nice dog bite imprinted on my foot. Now I am kind of scared of dogs…which is a first for me because I love dogs.

Here is another funny story. This really grumpy man who lives in the apartment building next to us decided the other day to give us a piece of his mind. I didn’t really understand what he was saying. I just kept hearing him say something about Mormons and the word tabernacle. I thought he was trying to say something about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I was like, oh cool he wants to know more about our church. Then I remembered tabernacle is equivalent to a swear word here. Then he started yelling at us. Yeah, lets just say he wasn’t interested in what we had to say. My companion just stood there laughing at me… haha!

This week has been so amazing to see our new investigator Daniel progressing. He is the greatest blessing. I am honored to be the missionary that is able to teach him. We have had three lessons with him now. He is so excited and ready for baptism. It is crazy. We set a baptismal date with him for Sept. 27th. Last Sunday we invited him to be baptized and he said he would if he found these things to be true. The next day on P-day right after writing you guys, he texted us and said he prayed about it and knows it’s what he is supposed to be doing. Our last two lessons have been amazing with him. You can feel the spirit so strong when you teach him. During the last lesson we had with Daniel he said he is ready to prepare for baptism, but his real goal is to make it to the temple!! I am just so excited to keep teaching him and I hope everything works out for him. He is going through a lot right now, so hopefully we can help as we teach him about the gospel. I have grown to appreciate Daniel so much.

Also, this last week has been kind of crazy because we had this huge ward activity. We were so busy trying to invite all our investigators and less actives. We had an amazing turn out and a lot of people in the ward brought friends who were not members. We were so excited to meet them all. It is still hard for me to converse with all the members. It is especially difficult outside of lessons and talking about everyday stuff. I just don’t really know what they are saying, but I smile and nod. I love the members here. That day I was able to get to know Geraldine’s daughter, Redia, a lot better. I love her!! She is sixteen and we had so much fun talking and laughing. She speaks english so I was able to converse better with her. It is super exciting because now we are teaching Geraldine and her daughter Redia. Then this last Sunday Geraldine brought even more of her family to church. I just love them all so much! I am really starting to see progression with Geraldine.

This last Sunday was also really exciting because we launched our ward mission plan with the whole ward. We have been working hard with our ward mission leader to get it all organized and ready to present to the members. The ward mission leader is amazing. This last week we spent a lot of time with him preparing and eating dinner with his cute family. He is so willing to help and is such a great missionary. We got the ward all excited for missionary work and how they can help us get the work moving here. So hopefully we will start seeing more members involved in the work.

I am just growing to love the people here more each day as we teach them. I truly see the Lord’s hand in all the people we teach and come in contact with. He truly is preparing the hearts of His children to be ready for His message (Alma 13:24). I am learning each day that this is not my work or the member’s work, but the Lord’s work completely. I love this work and encourage you all to look for ways to serve and love those around you each day. Have the courage to invite people to learn about our Savior and His teachings. I love you all and hope you have an amazing week. You are all in my prayers.

Love, Soeur Hunt